Mads Mikkelsen explains how he gets into the ‘Hannibal’ zone

Hannibal Season 3 is right around the corner, and Mads Mikkelsen is ready to get into the zone — and is ready to explain how he gets into character. 


Hannibal Season 3 is right around the corner and it appears that Mads Mikkelsen is ready to turn in one of his best seasons yet as the titular villain of the show.

It’s a role that Mikkelsen has sunk his teeth into in every way possible and it’s thrilling to watch him play the character he seems born to play.

In an interview with Yahoo!, Mads Mikkelsen went into great detail about how he gets into the the ‘Hannibal Zone’. The weirdest part is, it apparently doesn’t take that much of an effort.

The thing is I’ve been there a lot, so it’s not like a foreign place I have to go. But one thing that always helps is to just walk onto the set. Only now I can’t walk into my office anymore… But just walking onto the sets has been almost like a welcome home gift. Or to step into his three-piece suits has been something special as well. Sometimes it doesn’t take too much. I remember when I did a character called Tony in a film called Pusher, and we did a second film 10 years later with the same character. I remember I was like, “Oh my god, do I really want to do this again?” But then I shaved my hair — he was bald — and the second I went there, and they started to do the tattoos on my skull, it came back, something came back. So I’m sure that’s going to happen once we start dressing up again and seeing the cast and locations.

Mikkelsen has been around the block in Hollywood, as he’s starred in a Western, been a Danish drug deal, become an ancient Viking warrior and donned the title of a Bond villain.

He’s an intriguing actor in a lot of ways, but it’s his role as Hannibal that has given him another great character to add to his resume. It’s brought him to another level in the eyes of many, and his ability to slip in and out of character as someone as sadistic as Hannibal is telling of how deep his acting talents run.